When anti-Semites take advantage of liberal institutions

Ofir Dayan

Israel Hayom

Thu Oct 03 2019

...The organization that I head, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), has refused to stay silent. Although we could not get Mahathir's speech canceled, we decided to generate a critical conversation so that the university won’t even consider inviting someone like the Malaysian prime minister ever again.

We were told that we would lose, that he would be welcomed with great honor at the university and that his anti-Semitic agenda would not be condemned.

But we did not relent. We created a petition that got more than 3,000 signatures, we sent a letter to the university president and to the professor who was to introduce the prime minister at the event, and we demanded that both university officials condemn Mahathir.

He countered by saying that "If you can’t be anti-Semitic, there’s no free speech."

And we won, sort of: The professor who introduced him at the event condemned him on stage, in his face, and the talk of the campus was on the pamphlets we distributed against his invitation....

When anti-Semites take advantage of liberal institutions